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For the first time ever, the Czech Air Force sent one of its 14 Gripen fighters to Turkey to participate at the Eurasia Air Show last month.

Star Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše presented Gripen aerial displays during the airshow. The specially designed Gripen was adorned with decals that set it apart from other fighters, making it a treat for watching eyes. Ardent fans of Gripen could immediately recognize the camouflage as Wildcat, a design that features model and actress Simona Krain and a tiger. 

In the 12 minute long display, Caption Kardose successfully implemented 25 dynamic aerial manoeuvres. Throughout the display, the adaptability of Gripen E was highlighted, with it plunging in as close to the ground as 30 meters. Kardose had been training for this performance with his team at the air base situated in Caslav for a month. 

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Image Courtesy: Eurasia AIr Show

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If you want to know all about the latest updates in the Gripen programme, you cannot miss this. Be a part of the Saab's annual Gripen seminar on 16th May, 2018. The seminar will be live streamed here

Speakers at the seminar will include Jonas Hjelm, head of business area Aeronautics, Richard Smith, head of Gripen marketing and sales, Mikael Olsson, Gripen test pilot and acting Wing Commander Flying, and Inga Bergström, sales director Gripen Electronic Warfare.

You do not need to register for online participation. Just be ready with your questions which you can submit via live-stream or twitter using #smartfighter.

To know more about the seminar, please click here.

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SKY'S THE LIMIT

Enabled by the latest available technology, Gripen gives the Royal Thai Air Force South Asias’s most agile swing-role fighter aircraft.

Photo. Katsuhiko Tokunaga ​​

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There are many noticeable changes that have been made to Gripen E which include integration of some of the most brilliant military science breakthroughs of the past few years.

Externally, the fighter boasts of a new, more powerful engine, increased range and a larger weapon load. The under-carriage of Gripen E has been moved to the wings, which means more fuel and weapons can be carried.

Internally, the systems software has undergone some major upheavals as well. The new EW system, MFS-EW (Multi Functional System) is based on wideband digital technology and digital radio frequency memory (DRFM) devices, gallium nitride (GaN) solid state active electronically scanned array (AESA) jammer transmitters and interferometric direction finding systems.

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Recently, the Czech Air Force successfully completed the MS20 capability upgrade to its fleet of Gripen fighter aircraft, greatly increasing its combat and communication capabilities. The upgrade is part of the Gripen design philosophy to evolve continuously and tailor solutions according to customer’s various needs.

One of the key features of the MS20 upgrade is that the Gripen has acquired air-to-ground capability, thanks to the integration of unguided and laser-guided bombs into the aircraft payload. There will also be a significant software update which permits the integration of NATO-standard Link 16 datalink and laser designator pods (LPDs). The LPDs will greatly aid air-to-ground missions.  

The MS20 upgrade is characterized by both software and hardware augmentations. Other key elements of the update include enhanced radar modes, electro-optical pods Litening III, and crypto-modules for fast, secure and efficient communication.

Jonas Hjelm, Saab’s Area Business Head, said, “We are very pleased with the success of this capability upgrade. We are honoured to have a long-term partner in the Czech Air Force.” After the update, “The aircraft is capable of addressing the demands of current and future threats, while meeting strict requirements”, according to Mr. Hjelm.

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A throw back to one of our popular videos, showing our display pilot André from the inside of the Gripen cockpit as he shows part of his display programme.


20150910-en-1047689-437468.jpgIn a recent interview, Saab CEO Håkan Buskhe said that he believes Saab has a good chance of selling Gripen to India. This statement was made in the context of the recent RFI (Request for Information) document published by Indian authorities regarding the procurement of fighter jets for the Indian Air Force (IAF), as well as the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sweden, where he met Swedish industrialists, including Mr. Håkan Buskhe. 

Mr. Buskhe said that Gripen E has bright prospects. “Gripen E is the world's most modern aircraft. It has enhanced weapons load capability and can fly beyond two-engine airplanes.”  He also added that Saab is fully committed to its "Make in India" offer.

"Brazil is a good example of how we can deliver, on schedule, what we promise in terms of technology transfer," he said.

According to the RFI, India is looking to procure 110 fighter jets for their Air Force, and the deal could amount to $15 billion. 

Saab has offered to build a modern aerospace manufacturing facility in India if the IAF decides to buy Gripen. 

The 70-page document stating the requirements of the IAF have been defined by Mr. Bushke as “well-defined”. 

“It’s good that India has a structured process,” he said.

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How important is the technology transfer that is part of the Brazilian Gripen Programme? Between October 2015 and 2024, more than 350 Brazilian engineers and technicians from Saab’s partner companies, will go to Sweden to participate in courses and on-the-job training.


During the DefExpo 2018 last week, Saab, for the first time in India, displayed a Gripen E simulator equipped with a Wide Area Display (WAD). ​

The modern battlespace is complicated and changing everyday owing to technological advancements. Hence situational awareness becomes very important to win.

“The sensor and weapon ranges are getting longer so the modern battlespace covers bigger areas. To be able to cover that area in your tactical display you have to zoom out. It is a challenge to both get an overview of the battlespace and also get the level of detail that you need. WAD gives you that possibility“, says Jonas Hjelm, head of Saab business area Aeronautics.

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​You don't have to be a fan of heavy metal to like this video. Being a fan of Gripen and great aerial displays will do. Video by Mustasch in cooperation with the Swedish Airforce.  

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